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But Walker, Lorde, and Rich had promised one another something: If any of them won, they would accept the award on behalf of all of them and donate the stipend to a good cause. Adrienne Rich was announced as a co-winner with Allen Ginsburg, and as promised, she used her acceptance speech to explain how she was accepting the award on behalf of the three of them, and all women: We together accept this award in the name of all women whose voices have gone and still go unheard in a patriarchal world, and in the name of those who, like us, have been tolerated as token women in this culture.
And because the book was so groundbreaking and so successful, the controversy exploded beyond the black community. When the book was made into a mainstream film by Steven Spielberg, the controversy intensified. Yet again, Walker’s work was discussed only in terms of its representation of black men, with no real indication that she had provided, within the novel itself, a road map for healthy relationships between black men and women. Instead she faced protests so stringent and unyielding that she gave up many public appearances, including a chance to introduce James Baldwin, one of her idols and the author of the classic novel Go Tell it on the Mountain.
But you’re up against a hard game if you have to die to win it, and we must insist that dying in poverty is an unacceptable extreme. The success of The Color Purple, then, freed Walker from those constraints, and has allowed her the freedom for more than twenty-five years to live as she pleases. Such freedom did not come without controversy, however. The Color Purple awoke all the same protests that had plagued Ntozake Shange when For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf and Michele Wallace after the publication of Black Macho.
Alice Walker: The Color Purple and Other Works (Writers and Their Works) by Senior Lecturer in Law Mary Donnelly M.a (La